NFL Schedule 2022: Titans vs. Bills and Vikings vs. Eagles Announced for MNF Week 2May 9, 2022
NFL fans might want to cancel their plans for Sept. 19.
The league announced it will hold a Monday Night Football doubleheader in Week 2 of the 2022 season. The Buffalo Bills will host the Tennessee Titans, and the Minnesota Vikings will hit the road to play the Philadelphia Eagles.
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John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reported in February that ESPN was looking to stage an ESPN/ABC doubleheader on Monday night. Under the NFL's new media rights package starting in 2023, the network will get three MNF doubleheaders
In the past, fans grew accustomed to seeing two Monday night matchups in the opening week of the regular season, but the games were staggered enough to avoid much—if any—overlap.
This year represents a bit of a change because Titans/Bills and Vikings/Eagles will begin running simultaneously beginning at 8:30 p.m. ET.
Week 2 is too early to begin assigning playoff implications to any game, but the Sept. 19 doubleheader features four teams that all have postseason aspirations.
The Titans claimed the top seed in the AFC last season, while the Bills finished a game behind in third place. Tennessee's Week 6 victory over Buffalo ultimately proved pivotal. Derrick Henry ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, the last of which was the go-ahead score in the fourth quarter.
One game was also the difference between Minnesota and Philadelphia, which claimed the final wild-card spot in the NFC last season.
The Vikings are counting on first-year head coach Kevin O'Connell to raise their ceiling after things began to stagnate under Mike Zimmer. Most of their key players are back from 2021.
For the Eagles, this will likely be an important year for Jalen Hurts. The second-year quarterback took a big step forward in 2021, but his performance in the Philadelphia's playoff loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (23-of-43 for 258 yards and two touchdowns) raised some doubts about whether he's the long-term solution.